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We’ve really been on a roll this year.
And when I say we I don’t just mean 350.org the organization. I mean this big, broad movement we’ve built together—you, me, 350’s many partner organizations, the hundreds of local groups we work with every day and all the many individuals around the world who take action in ways large and small.
This was such a landmark year that we had a really hard time picking just 10 things for the list below. In fact, it really seems like we’re getting close to a sort of climate-action tipping point.
Of course, we’re not kidding ourselves into thinking that the fossil fuel industry is going to sit back and let it all happen. (In fact, the Secretary-General of Europe’s coal lobby recently accused the European Commission of being “in cahoots with protest movements” and called for the creation of a “less ambitious” climate plan in 2016).
People and companies that benefit from the status quo will pull us backwards if we let them—so we can’t let them. Can you help us continue this fight in 2016?
Next year, we’re taking on the fossil fuel industry more directly than ever, as well as keeping the pressure on world governments to “close the gap” between the commitments they made in Paris and what the science actually says the world needs. I think next year is going to be at least as amazing as this one.
For now, because everyone loves a good list, here are the top 10 amazing things we did together in 2015 (in no particular order):
1. We Showed That We Are Greater Than Tar Sands
Throughout North America, the fight to stop the Canadian tar sands reached a fever pitch this year. Led by First Nations and other Indigenous groups and backed up by farmers, ranchers, labor unions and organizers in every corner of the continent, this movement stalled pipelines, called out hypocrisy and took to the streets for events like Toronto’s “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate” and a “Climate Welcome” for new Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
2. We Made Fracking a Contentious Political Issue in Brazil
The campaign to ban fracking in Brazil heated up big time—to the point that organizers started to feel some serious pressure from industry and the government. From interrupting a fracking auction with Indigenous voices to sparking protests at Brazilian embassies around the world, our team in Brazil is causing a stir.
3. We Shut Down One of the Biggest Coal Mines in Europe
To be fair, it was just for a day … but nobody’s stopping there. The “Ende Gelände” action—translated as “here and no further”—was organized by grassroots climate activists to shut down the Garzweiler lignite mine in Germany. Most of the 1,500 people who participated in this epic act of civil disobedience had never done anything like it before.